New Michigan Laws Will Let People With Autism Designate Communications Impediment

Jun 24, 2020

Credit MICHIGAN SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE VIA AP

LANSING, Mich (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed three bills into law aimed at easing police interactions with those with autism. Starting in July 2021, people will be able to have a communications impediment designation associated with their driver’s license, state ID or chauffeur’s license that alerts law enforcement to a difficulty in communication so they can access how to proceed in a situation. The bills, signed Tuesday, had bipartisan support. Law enforcement will be able to see the designation in the Michigan Law Enforcement Information Network during traffic stops and can act accordingly.